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  • More minor league rule experimentations...

    Some I like...other are, ...strange:

    https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/m...bot-umps-more/

  • #2
    Thank goodness they are looking at changing the size of the bases. Adam Eaton's ACL is smiling.

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    • #3
      Sounds like MLB is committed to more balls in play, more stolen bases. TDog must be thrilled.
      "Hope...may be indulged in by those who have abundant resources...but those who stake their all upon the venture see it in its true colors only after they are ruined."
      -- Thucydides

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      • #4
        If only the robot umps could replace the 4 worst umpires in the game. I'd be for that.

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        • #5
          I dislike the pickoff limit and step off rule they are trying to implement. I get they want to increase more exciting plays, but it will provide less value to those who can actually do it despite these changes. It's likely going to create an influx of weaker hitting position players that could reduce them reaching base to begin with. Granted its probably better than guys striking out 180-210 times a year though. I'll have to see it in action.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by WSox597 View Post
            If only the robot umps could replace the 4 worst umpires in the game. I'd be for that.
            Too bad Angel Hernandez can't be sent down to AA ball.......

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            • #7
              Originally posted by HomeFish View Post
              Sounds like MLB is committed to more balls in play, more stolen bases. TDog must be thrilled.
              I don't think it will really do anything to encourage either. I think the biggest problem is simply pitchers throw a lot harder now than they did 20 years ago so it's a lot harder to put the ball in play and managers don't want to risk outs or injuries on the base paths. I'm not sure what MLB can do from a rule perspective to change that.

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              • #8
                Well, we'll see what impact it has in the minors. I think it's cool that they are doing an experiment.
                "Hope...may be indulged in by those who have abundant resources...but those who stake their all upon the venture see it in its true colors only after they are ruined."
                -- Thucydides

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                • #9
                  I dislike the shift the way it's being done to extremes right now, so I hope that part gets extended to major league play at some point.

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                  • #10
                    Yes for robo strike umps and step off rule.
                    (Formerly asindc.)

                    "I have the ultimate respect for White Sox fans. They were as miserable as the Cubs and Red Sox fans ever were but always had the good decency to keep it to themselves. And when they finally won the World Series, they celebrated without annoying every other fan in the country." Jim Caple, ESPN (January 12, 2011)

                    "We have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the (bleeding) obvious is the first duty of intelligent men." — George Orwell

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